Eight years ago, the oil giant BP was struggling to cap an out-of-control exploration well that was gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Tar balls had washed ashore on the Texas coast. A flotilla of boats was trying to skim or burn oil from the water's surface.
Of 88 unprovoked shark bites that the Florida Museum of Natural History documented around the globe last year, more than one third took place along the shores of Florida, the shark attack capital of the world. But the vast majority of those attacks were on southern beaches between Cape Canaveral and Miami. Shark encounters are relatively rare farther up Florida's Atlantic coastline and are almost unheard of in northernmost Nassau County.
WASHINGTON - It's hot and muggy outside, but fortunately this basketball game is indoors and the players all seem pretty locked in. The one they call "Boo" is particularly chatty, talking his team through an intense weekday scrimmage. "Good 'D' there," he calls out. "Gotta get a stop. . . . Alright, good board. . . . Yo, everybody stay home on your shots." And so on.
Craig Graffius started EcoGlass Straws 12 years ago with three decades of glass-making experience and his vision for an alternative to the ubiquitous plastic straw. What he didn't have was anyone clamoring for his product. Today, his tiny four-person shop in Hood River, Oregon, is gearing up to turn out 2,000 handcrafted glass straws an hour. That's up from the current pace of 125 an hour, or 1,000 a day.
Tippi Thole recycled. She composted. She thought she was doing a pretty good job environmentally. Then she heard a talk on plastics, and the container of trash she and her 8-year-old son emptied out every week began to look irresponsible. Thole replaced her 10-gallon can with a small wastebasket that had been under her bathroom sink and started to change the way she shopped and lived. Within 14 weeks, the family's weekly trash fit into a 2 1/2-inch-tall Mason jar. With room to spare.
WASHINGTON - Federal officials said Friday they plan to return up to 200 children a day to their migrant parents to comply with a federal court order issued in a lawsuit filed in response to the Trump administration's immigration crackdown on the U.S.-Mexico border.
WASHINGTON - Republicans for years have proclaimed the federal government's decades-old War on Poverty a failure. "Americans are no better off today than they were before the War on Poverty began in 1964," House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wrote in his 2016 plan to dramatically scale back the federal safety net.
WASHINGTON - A dozen Russian military intelligence officers were indicted Friday, July 13, on charges they hacked Democrats' computers, stole their data, and published those files to disrupt the 2016 election - the clearest connection to the Kremlin established so far by special counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation of interference in the presidential campaign.
Fans of "Downton Abbey," it's time to review your notes from the upstairs-and-downstairs British saga because a movie is coming to the big screen. Production on a "Downton Abbey" film will begin this summer, the official Twitter account for the series announced on Friday, July 13. The Twitter announcement included a photo for an invitation that reads: "We cordially invite you to return to Downton Abbey. Only in Cinemas."
ELLESBOROUGH, England - President Donald Trump on Friday, July 13, sought to undo the damage he'd done to British Prime Minister Theresa May, lavishing her with compliments one day after he was quoted in a British tabloid dismissing her approach to Brexit, praising one of her foes and threatening to upend their trade relationship - while boasting that she would have been better off listening to him.